I've been reading this on the competitive boards and if you guys could give me some clarity as to why it's so highly regarded. Unlike other RPGs speed doesn't generate ex turns, so is it simply a first strike tool for OHKOs?
Having the first move can give alot of advantages, such as putting your opponent to sleep, paralyzing it, flinching it, or straight out KO-ing it. --- There can only be one, like in that foreign movie where there could only be one, and in the end there is only one dude left, because that was the point. - Kenji
So it is a turn relevancy to avoid sweepers? That's interesting because I don't see a lot about boosting def and sdef to withstand that first attack, which could be the same I guess. I don't play competitively so the mechanics confound me a little
Being first is very important, almost more important that attack and special attack.
Imagine I have two Speed Boosting Blazikens. Both are EV'd out in Atk and Spe. This is a very common competitive Pokemon with a very common build. One is Jolly another is Adamant. The Adamant one will hit slightly harder, but the Jolly one will always go first. In the end, the Jolly Blaziken will much more likely KO the Adamant Blaziken simply because it went first on that last round. --- Dictated but not read, _AverageGamer